No Senior Left Behind at ORR Graduation

            Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll had so much to manage on Saturday that he forgot to give his opening remarks, but even after Valedictorian Rachel Perry spoke, he realized he had to take his turn at the podium because of what he needed to share.             Devoll recalled telling faculty and staff at […] Read more »

Filling Ken’s Shoes

It was a hot day in July 2009, and I was taking pictures of hand-crafted marionettes at the annual Harbor Days in Mattapoisett Shipyard Park. As I meandered the booths, I felt both excited and nervous – I was the News Editor of The Wanderer now! THE Wanderer! Having been both a Mattapoisett resident, and an English major, […] Read more »

ORR Tweaks Seating Plan for Commencement

            In keeping with a plan established several weeks ago, Old Rochester Regional High School will hold graduation exercises in-person on Saturday, August 8, at 10:00 am, with a rain date of 10:00 am on August 9 (rain or shine). What has changed are the seating arrangements.             The 175 graduates who have all been invited to […] Read more »

Habitat for Humanity Home Back on Track

            On August 3, 2019, the second Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity home in the Tri-Town broke ground in Mattapoisett. The Route 6 parcel was donated by David and Jessica Nicolosi. The couple also donated excavation services.             Over time as the project motored along through the fall and winter months, the number of sub-contractors and […] Read more »

For Ken

            There are not many times when a person can say that they have met someone who changed the trajectory of their life. When I met Ken Souza that is exactly what happened to me.              My wife Laurie, our newborn baby Simone and I move to Mattapoisett from Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 2006. We […] Read more »

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

This past weekend Kenneth J. Souza passed away. You may not have known Ken; if not, you wouldn’t know the weight felt by that one sentence. In this edition, you’re going to hear a lot about Ken. I won’t apologize for that, should you not be interested. Ken deserves this and more. In times like […] Read more »

Don’t Forget the 2020 Census

            To say people have been distracted by national and international events for the last six months would be an understatement. As spring turned to summer, everything from civil rights to infectious disease has vied for attention. And each issue merits a tremendous amount of attention, debate, inspection, and introspection as people in the Tri-Town communities […] Read more »

Centurion Paul Brown Feted by Marines on His Big Day

            Retired Marine Sergeant Paul Brown held up for his 100th birthday party on a hot July 24 the way he has held up in life – with grace and dignity.             “I’m getting older. I’m the only one left in my family,” said Mr. Brown in a visit to his Mattapoisett home on Saturday, the day […] Read more »

Cyclists, Drivers Need to Learn to Get Along

            A bicyclist is riding at an aggressive clip when he comes upon a jogger heading in the opposite direction but on the same side of the road. A car is nonetheless gaining on the bike and is poised and ready to pass when it becomes apparent his maneuver will coincide with the passing of the […] Read more »

The Wanderer Announces 2020 Keel Award Recipients

            The Wanderer created the Keel Award in 1994 and ever since has recognized a dedicated person from each of the three Tri-Town communities whose actions exemplify the spirit of community and volunteerism. Like the keel of the ship that keeps the vessel from sinking, the recipients of the annual Keel Award are recognized for their stalwart […] Read more »